General Information

Headquartered in
Brattleboro, VT

Contact Information

  • Address: SIT, 1 Kipling Road, PO Box 676, Brattleboro, VT 05302-0676
  • Tel: 802.257.7751
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SIT prepares students to be interculturally effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. In so doing, SIT fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible global citizenship. SIT fulfills this mission with field-based academic study abroad programs for undergraduates and accredited master's degrees and certificate programs for graduates and professionals.

The SIT Study Abroad Experience:

  • Rigorous academic programs through a field-based, experiential approach

  • Undergraduate research through an Independent Study Project or Case Studies

  • Cultural immersion through fieldwork, intensive language classes, and urban and rural homestays with local families

  • A small group of students in each program, supported by SIT faculty and staff, homestay families, in-country experts, and community members

  • Access to SIT’s extensive local resources and networks

  • A commitment to reciprocity as the foundation of our educational philosophy

SIT China Programs:

- China: Community Health and Traditonal Chinese Medicine  (Summer)

In the SIT Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine program, students examine Traditional Chinese Medicine and public health issues by working with professionals in the field in both urban and rural settings. Students learn and practice an array of traditional techniques alongside professionally experienced medical doctors, usually trained in both Western and traditional Chinese medicine.

- China: Language, Cultures, and Ethnic Minorities

Based in Kunming (Yunnan Province), this program examines the social, historical, and cultural factors shaping and sustaining China’s minority communities.

Students learn from leaders at academic institutions and nongovernmental organizations such as Yunnan Nationalities University, the Yunnan Arts Institute, The Yunnan Traditional Medicine Hospital, and the Lijiang Dongba Cultural Research Institute.

- IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Fall)

The Health and Community program in Changsha, China strengthens students' ability to understand, interpret and compare the biological, ecological, economic, political, and socio-cultural factors that affect human health.  Students broaden their global perspective and deepen their skills in critical and comparative thinking, while gaining practical knowledge about:

 - The health impacts of globalization

 - Comparative health system

 - Governance and policymaking

 - Public health issues and innovative strategies to address them

 - Field-based research methods and analysis.